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Most of us know what to do to slow bleeding or stabilize a broken bone, but handling dental emergencies isn't usually covered during first aid classes. Arlington, TX, emergency dentist Dr. Joseph Reed of Arlington Dental discusses several common dental emergencies and explains what you should do if they occur.
You have the worst toothache of your life
One day, you or a family member may wake up with severe, throbbing pain in a tooth due to a dental abscess. Over-the-counter pain killers and ice may dull the pain a little, but won't provide complete relief. Abscesses are caused by a bacterial infection in the pulp in the center of a tooth. If the infection isn't treated promptly, it may spread to other parts of your body.
If you experience abscess signs, which include facial swelling, pus, or a pimple on the gum around a tooth, fever and swollen lymph nodes, in addition to severe pain, call our Arlington office immediately. Abscesses are treated with a prescription for antibiotics and a root canal to remove the infected pulp.
Your tooth was knocked out
Although roots do an excellent job of holding your teeth firmly in place, they can be knocked out if you receive a strong blow to the face. If you visit your emergency dentist within an hour or two of your accident, it may be possible to reimplant your tooth. After you rinse off the tooth, put it back in the socket or between your gum and cheek. If neither of those options work, place the tooth in a sealed container filled with milk or your saliva.
Your tooth is suddenly a little loose
The same accidents that cause teeth to be knocked out can also loosen them or move them out of position. If your tooth has moved, gently push it back to its normal position if you can. Don't push on loose teeth, play with them with your tongue or chew on the affected side of your mouth. Ice and over-the-counter pain medication can dull the pain until you visit our office.
Your tooth broke
Cover the ends of your broken tooth with dental cement to reduce sensitivity and prevent cuts to your lips or tongue. Take over-the-counter pain killers if your tooth still hurts after using dental cement.
Prompt treatment is extremely important if you experience any of these dental emergencies. Call Arlington, TX, emergency dentist Dr. Joseph Reed of Arlington Dental at (817) 303-5700 to schedule your emergency appointment.
For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.
Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.
If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.
If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.
When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.
When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment.Â Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.
And as for Noah Galloway:Â In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!
If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”
Are you ready for a dental emergency? Accidents happen, and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Dr. Joseph Reed at Arlington Dental in Arlington, TX, offers a full range of dental services, including emergency care. Read on to find out how to deal with a dental emergency.
A knocked-out tooth is an emergency that requires urgent attention. If your tooth has been knocked out, pick up the tooth and rinse it off to ensure that it's clean. If you can, gently place the tooth back into the socket. If you can't put the tooth back in the socket, put the tooth in a small container. Call your Arlington dentist right away. Seeing a dentist quickly is critical for saving a knocked-out tooth.
If you have a loose tooth, you should call an emergency dentist right away. In the meantime, you can try to put the tooth back in its original position using your finger with light pressure. Your dentist may splint the tooth to the surrounding teeth to keep it stabilized. Your dentist may be able to save your tooth by splinting it. In certain cases, loose teeth cannot be saved and require a dental extraction.
A fractured or cracked tooth is a dental emergency. If you have a cracked or fractured tooth, call an emergency dentist immediately. If the tooth pulp is damaged, your tooth may need root canal therapy. If the tooth pulp is not damaged, the tooth might only need a dental crown. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water. Take acetaminophen to alleviate your pain. If the fracture is caused by facial trauma, apply a cold compress to the area to reduce swelling.
An abscess in the mouth or severe infection can be life-threatening and should be dealt with right away. Your dentist might be able to perform the first stage of a root canal to open and drain the tooth and allow the abscess to drain. If you have swelling in your face and a fever and you can't reach your emergency dentist, go to an emergency room. Also, go to the emergency room if you have trouble swallowing or breathing.
Any type of injury inside the mouth, such as puncture wounds, tears and lacerations to the lips, mouth, cheeks and tongue, are a dental emergency. If you experience any type of tissue injury, it's important to clean the area immediately with warm water. Call an emergency dentist right away. To alleviate the pain associated with tissue injury, you can take acetaminophen. Never take ibuprofen or aspirin for a dental emergency because they are anticoagulants, which can cause excessive bleeding.
So, what are you waiting for? If you are experiencing a dental emergency, call our office today! Call Arlington Dental in Arlington, TX, at (817) 303-5700 right now to get your pain relieved quickly. Any dental emergency is serious and should not be ignored. We will make sure you receive quality care and are seen as soon as possible. We want to get you out of pain and on with your life.